After starting the season 10-7 the A's have gone 12-17, falling to 22-29 and tied for last place in the AL West with the Astros. They have lost 6 of 9, but are coming off a series win against the Tigers this weekend.
Some of Oakland's struggles this year are offense related. Yonder Alonso (1B), Billy Butler (DH) and Stephen Vogt (C) are all under performing at the plate. Former Twin Danny Valencia is one of their only leaders on offense and is hitting .311/.341/.521. Josh Reddick, another leader on offense, is currently on the 15-day DL and missed his bobblehead day.
More worrying for Oakland, though, is their starting pitching:
|2||SP||Sonny Gray (15-day dl)||26||3||5||6.19||9||48||33||8||24||41||5.13||1.646||1.5||4.5||7.7|
|6||SP||Chris Bassitt (60-day dl)||27||0||2||6.11||5||28||19||5||14||23||5.29||1.75||1.6||4.5||7.4|
Provided by Baseball-reference.
With that out of the way, let's look at the match-ups.
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Monday, 3:05 PM CDT
Ervin Santana vs Kendall Graveman
Graveman has a HR problem (10), and the Twins are seemingly on a HR bender lately. Recipe for success?
Tuesday, 9:05 PM CDT
Tyler Duffey vs Eric Surkamp
LHP Surkamp was inserted into the rotation due to injury or performance, perhaps both. In 5 starts it hasn't been pretty: 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA in 22 IP.
Wednesday, 2:35 PM CDT
Pat Dean (?) vs Sean Manaea
Dean has been great for the Twins. In two starts he's pitched 13 innings, allowing just 7 hits, 3 walks, 4 runs and striking out 13.